The US Department of Defense (Dod) has signed $335m worth of contracts for 73 million Covid-19 disposable isolation gowns. The contracts have been awarded to nine American businesses and have a ceiling of $1.2bn to manufacture up to 275 million gowns in support of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)-managed Strategic National Stockpile. The gowns are to be delivered by January next year. These contracts are in addition to $136m worth awards given to five US firms for 15 million Covid-19 reusable isolation gowns.
Personnel from the Louisiana National Guard are continuing to support Covid-19 operations in the state along with other disaster relief, response and recovery missions. As part of Covid-19 response operations, the Louisiana National Guard is currently supporting 19 medical test sites. It has conducted more than 213,165 tests in the state. Guard members are also assisting at food banks, and have packaged more than 13 million pounds of food.
The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is looking for healthy volunteers to participate in a Covid-19 antibodies research study. Volunteers from the local area who have no clinically confirmed history of COVID-19 infection or exposure.